Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)

Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVE: Rhythmical massage therapy is used in 24 countries but has not yet been studied in outpatient settings. The objective was to study clinical outcomes in patients receiving rhythmical massage therapy for chronic diseases. DESIGN: Prospective 4-year cohort study. SETTING: Thirty-six (36) medical practices in Germany. PARTICIPANTS: Eighty-five (85) outpatients referred to rhythmical massage therapy. OUTCOME MEASURES: Disease and Symptom Scores (physicians' and patients' assessment, respectively, 0-10) and SF-36.

Author(s): 
Hamre, Harald J.
Witt, Claudia M.
Glockmann, Anja
Ziegler, Renatus
Willich, Stefan N.
Kiene, Helmut
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the amount and type of negative side-effects and positive (unexpected) effects experienced after a massage session. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional. SETTING: Massage clinic at a health sciences university. SUBJECTS: Of the 100 new and returning massage therapy clients who agreed to participate, 91 completed all survey questions. OUTCOME MEASURES: Telephone survey and medical chart review 2-7 days postmassage.

Author(s): 
Cambron, Jerrilyn A.
Dexheimer, Jennifer
Coe, Patricia
Swenson, Randy
Publication Title: 
Physical Therapy

BACKGROUND: Clinical course and outcome connected to rehabilitation after hip or knee arthroplasty have been studied extensively, but few studies have assessed the content of team rehabilitation care for these patients. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to provide a thorough description of the structure, process, and outcome of team rehabilitation care for patients with hip or knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis. DESIGN: This was a multicenter, longitudinal observational study.

Author(s): 
Grotle, Margreth
Garratt, Andrew M.
Klokkerud, Mari
Løchting, Ida
Uhlig, Till
Hagen, Kåre B.
Publication Title: 
BMC health services research

BACKGROUND: For the treatment of chronic back pain, it has been theorized that integrative care plans can lead to better outcomes than those achieved by monodisciplinary care alone, especially when using a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and non-hierarchical team approach. This paper describes the use of a care pathway designed to guide treatment by an integrative group of providers within a randomized controlled trial.

Author(s): 
Maiers, Michele J.
Westrom, Kristine K.
Legendre, Claire G.
Bronfort, Gert
Publication Title: 
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to compare the clinical efficacy of spinal manipulation against microdiskectomy in patients with sciatica secondary to lumbar disk herniation (LDH). METHODS: One hundred twenty patients presenting through elective referral by primary care physicians to neurosurgical spine surgeons were consecutively screened for symptoms of unilateral lumbar radiculopathy secondary to LDH at L3-4, L4-5, or L5-S1.

Author(s): 
McMorland, Gordon
Suter, Esther
Casha, Steve
du Plessis, Stephan J.
Hurlbert, R. John
Publication Title: 
Journal of intellectual disabilities: JOID

Persons with intellectual disabilities record a higher incidence of challenging behaviours than the general population. Massage therapy has frequently been applied to such persons to induce relaxation. The aim of this review was to evaluate the effectiveness of massage therapy on relaxation and reduction of challenging behaviours. A literature search was conducted through various electronic databases; a total of 64 articles was generated but only seven met all inclusion criteria.

Author(s): 
Chan, Jenny Sau-Lai
Tse, Sonny Hing-Min
Publication Title: 
Clinical Rehabilitation

OBJECTIVE: The primary aim was to investigate the comparative effects of massage therapy and exercise therapy on patients with multiple sclerosis. The secondary aim was to investigate whether combination of both massage and exercise has an additive effect. DESIGN: Randomized controlled pilot trial with repeated measurements and blinded assessments. SETTING: Local Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Author(s): 
Negahban, Hossein
Rezaie, Solmaz
Goharpey, Shahin
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

OBJECTIVE: To carry out a pilot study, with particular attention to adequacy of outcome measures. DESIGN: Observational study and user participation. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: A local user group selected seven participants with a wide range of illness severity. INTERVENTION: A course of eight 1hr sessions of deep whole body (therapeutic) massage over 8 weeks. OUTCOME MEASURES: The Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire (PDQ-39), the Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP), and the Medication Change Questionnaire (MCQ). Semi-structured interviews, before and after the intervention.

Author(s): 
Paterson, Charlotte
Allen, Jeffrey A.
Browning, Margaret
Barlow, Gillian
Ewings, Paul
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the amount and type of negative side-effects and positive (unexpected) effects experienced after a massage session. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional. SETTING: Massage clinic at a health sciences university. SUBJECTS: Of the 100 new and returning massage therapy clients who agreed to participate, 91 completed all survey questions. OUTCOME MEASURES: Telephone survey and medical chart review 2-7 days postmassage.

Author(s): 
Cambron, Jerrilyn A.
Dexheimer, Jennifer
Coe, Patricia
Swenson, Randy
Publication Title: 
Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie Und Ihre Grenzgebiete

AIM: The aim of this pilot project was to evaluate the efficacy of treatment of chronic low back pain during two months either by homeopathy or by standardised physiotherapy. METHOD: 43 patients suffering from chronic low back pain were included in this controlled, randomised prospective study. They were divided in two treatment groups: homeopathy and standardised physiotherapy.

Author(s): 
Gmünder, R.
Kissling, R.

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